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Building Technology Heritage Library

Association for Preservation Technology, Int.

The Building Technology Heritage Library (BTHL) is primarily a collection of American and Canadian, pre-1964 architectural trade catalogs, house plan books and technical building guides. Trade catalogs are an important primary source to document past design and construction practices. These materials can aid in the preservation and conservation of older structures as well as other research goals.

About the Building Technology Heritage Library

The BTHL contains materials from various private and institutional collections. These materials are rarely available in most architectural and professional libraries. The first major architectural trade catalog collection is that of the Canadian Centre for Architecture, which encompasses more that 4,000 catalogs from the early 19th century through 1963. In addition to the architectural trade catalogs, the initial contributions include a large number of house plan catalogs, which will be of great interest to owners of older homes. The future growth of the Building Technology Heritage Library will also include contemporary materials on building conservation.

Searching the collection

The BTHL keywords include the standard subject headings used by the Library of Congress and an additional nomenclature used by the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI). The CSI Master Format 2004 Numbers and Titles have been used for most materials. This will allow contemporary practitioners to search through historic archives with a modern nomenclature.

The Construction Specification Institute Master Format 2004 Numbers and Titles

Division 00 – Procurement and Contracting Requirements
Division 01 – General Requirements
Division 02 – Existing Conditions
Division 03 – Concrete
Division 04 – Masonry
Division 05 – Metals
Division 06 – Wood, Plastics, and Composites
Division 07 – Thermal and Moisture Protection
Division 08 – Openings
Division 09 – Finishes
Division 10 – Specialties
Division 11 – Equipment
Division 12 – Furnishings
Division 13 – Special Construction

Facility Services Subgroup

Division 21 – Fire Suppression
Division 22 – Plumbing
Division 23 – Heating Ventilating and Air Conditioning
Division 25 – Integrated Automation
Division 26 – Electrical
Division 27 – Communications
Division 28 – Electronic Safety and Security

Site and Infrastructure Subgroup

Division 31 – Earthwork
Division 32 – Exterior Improvements
Division 33 – Utilities
Division 34 – Transportation
Division 35 – Waterway and Marine Construction

Process Equipment Subgroup

Division 40 – Process Integration
Division 41 – Material Processing and Handling Equipment
Division 42 – Process Heating, Cooling, and Drying Equipment
Division 43 – Process Gas and Liquid Handling, Purification and Storage Equipment
Division 44 – Pollution Control Equipment
Division 45 – Industry-Specific Manufacturing Equipment
Division 48 – Electrical Power Generation

About the Association for Preservation Technology  http://www.apti.org

Association for Preservation Technology International is a cross-disciplinary, membership organization dedicated to promoting the best technology for conserving historic structures and their settings. APT is an international organization based in North America. APT members, who hail from more than 30 countries, include preservationists, architects, engineers, conservators, consultants, contractors, crafts persons, curators, developers, educators, historians, landscape architects, students, technicians, and other persons directly involved in the application of methods and materials to maintain, conserve, and protect historic structures and sites for future use and appreciation. The international, interdisciplinary character of APT - with its outstanding publications, conferences, training courses, awards, student scholarships, regional chapters, and technical committees - makes it the premier worldwide network for anyone involved in the field of historic preservation.

Please consider joining APT to show your support for the Building Technology Heritage Library and become a part of our community.  www.apti.org


Thanks to our sponsors and contributors:

The Building Technology Heritage Library has been supported by grants from the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, the Historic Preservation Education Foundation, the National Center for Preservation Training and Technology and the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. In kind contributions have been provided by the Association for Preservation Technology, the Internet Archive, the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Mike Jackson, FAIA, and Dean Koga.

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Year
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1961
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1960
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1957
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1956
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1955
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Topics & Subjects
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Division 09
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domestic architecture
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house plans -- catalogs
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Division 23
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Division 26
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portland cement association
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general electric company
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pittsburgh plate glass co.
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l. f. garlinghouse co., inc.
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united states gypsum company
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national plan service, inc.
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71 -., ill., 17 cm, trade catalog
Topics: paint -- catalogs, Division 09, pigments, colors
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Modern Home Plans
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48 p., illus., plans, 28 cm
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Topics: house plans -- catalogs, domestic architecture, residential designs and plans, ranch houses
Building Technology Heritage Library
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48 p., illus., 28 cm, trade literature
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Topics: electrical, Division 26, wiring
24 p. : ill. (some col.), map ; 21 cm., trade catalog
Topics: mahogany, Division 06, wood, lumber, furniture
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168 p. ; ill. ; 32 cm. ; trade catalog
Topics: commercial ranges, heating stoves, furnaces, heating boilers -- catalogs, Division 10, Division 11,...
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Douglas Fir Plywood Assoc.
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38 p., illus., plans, 28 cm
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Topics: house plans --- catalogs, domestic architecture, residential designs and plans, vacation houses,...
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Fort Pitt Hardware Co.
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309 p. illus. (BW line drawings, trade catalog
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Topics: Division 08, openings, hardware, door hardware, tools
Building Technology Heritage Library
by G. I. Sellers and Sons. Co.
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28p, B&W illus and photos, trade catalog
Topic: Kitchens, Cabinets, Furniture, Kitchen casework, Division 12, furnishings
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Home Builders Catalog Co.
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618 p. ; ill. ; 28 cm. ; trade catalog This is the second half of this 1058 page catalog. the first half is also on the Internet Archive as a separate listing.
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Topics: house plans -- catalogs, domestic architecture -- catalogs, residential designs and plans
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Canadian Engineering Publications/ Later edition by Guild Publications Ltd
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Trade catalog, Text, Illus, Photographs, CCA ID 85-B13666, ca.1959, 336 p, 29 cm
Topics: construction materials, architectural materials, manufactures catalog
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Darling Brothers Limited
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Darling Centrifugal Pumps, CCA ID:93-B1068, 1942
Topics: Division 22, pumps, centrifugal pumps
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Home Plan Book Co.
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52 p, B&W illus and photos
Topics: house plans -- catalogs, domestic architecture, residential designs and plans
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Emerson Electric Manufacturing Co.
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25 p., ill., 28 cm, trade catalog
Topics: fans, ceiling fans, exhaust fans
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Northern Electric Company Ltd
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Trade catalog, Text, Illus, Photographs, CCA ID:85-B7501, ca. 1945, 964 p, 28 cm
Topics: Division 26, Electrical, Electrical Systems, Electrical Equipment
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Trade catalog, Text, Illus, Photographs, CCA CORM10; ID:91-B2143, ca.1941, 718 p, 28 cm
Topics: Division 05, Metals, Division 23, HVAC, Instrumentation and Control for HVAC, prospectus, valves...
Building Technology Heritage Library
by International Fibre Board Ltd
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Trade catalog, Text, Illus, Photographs, CCA ID:85-B16073, ca. 1947, 46 p, 23 cm
Topics: Division 06, Wood Plastics and Composites, Masonite Presdwood
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Stanley
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192 p. ; ill. ; 18 cm. ; trade catalog
Topics: tools -- catalogs, construction tools -- catalogs, Division 41, manufacturing equipment, cutting...
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Johns-Manville Corporation
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Trade catalog, Text, Illus, Photographs, CCA ID:96-B1912, 1948, 54 p, 28 cm
Topics: Division 07, Thermal and Moisture Protection, Steep Slope Roofing, Roofing and Siding Panels,...
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Andrew C. Borzner
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132 p., ill., plans, 28 cm, trade catalog
Topics: house plans -- catalogs, domestic architecture
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Pittburgh Plate Glass Company
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1 v. (approx 520 p.), ill., 28 cm, trade catalog
Topics: glass, glazing, Division 08, special function glazing, decorative glazing, glass production,...
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Jungers Stove & Ranger Company
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23 p. ; ill. ; 22 cm. ; trade catalog
Topics: stoves -- catalogs, heaters -- catalogs, Division 23, Division 10, heating stoves, cooking stoves,...
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23 p., 28 cm
Topics: oil stoves, cook stoves, water heaters, Division 15
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280 p. : ill. ; 28 cm., trade catalog
Topics: electrical, Division 26, wiring devices
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Hoosier Manuf. Co.
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56 p, B&W illus
Topic: Kitchens, kitchen casework, Division 12, furnishings
Building Technology Heritage Library
by L. J. Mueller Furnace Co.
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23 pl, illus., 28 cm, trade catalog
Topics: furnace, Division 23, HVAC, heating, air conditioning
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[110} p., illus., 28 cm, trade catalog, Catalog No. 47J
Topics: lead, Division 22, plumbing, lead pipe, sheet lead, solder
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by Herbert Chivers
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32 p. ; ill., plans ; 21 cm. ; trade catalog
Topics: house plans -- catalogs, domestic architecture, designs and plans
1119 p. : ill. ; 24 cm., trade catalog
Topics: telephone equipment, Division 27
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Canadian General Electric Company Limited
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Canadian catalog, equipment for commercial, industrial and floodlighting requirements, Catalog 49L, CCA ID:87-B14795, 235 p., 1949
Topics: Division 26, Lighting, Lighting fixtures, luminaires
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144 p. ; ill. ; 23 cm. ; trade catalog
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Topics: stoves -- catalogs, Division10, Division 23, furnaces, heating stoves
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Superior Fire Place Co.
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51 p., illus., 22 x 28 cm, trade catalog
Topics: fireplaces, Division 10, specialties, masonry fireplaces, interior decoration
32 p. : ill., plans ; 25 cm., trade catalog
Topics: wall board, Division 06, cementitious sheathing, asbestos, asbestos-cement panels, domestic...
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Seth Thomas Clock Co.
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72 p, B&W illus and photos
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Topics: clocks, exterior clocks, tower clocks
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Armstrong Cork Co.
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352 p, color photos and plates, trade catalog
Topic: Flooring, linoleum, Division 09, finishes
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Yale & Towne Manufacturing Co.
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518 p., ill., 27 cm., trade catalogs
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Topics: hardware -- catalogs, Division 08, doors, locks, keys, deadbolts, bolts, casements, door holders,...
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683 p. ; ill. ; 22 cm. ; trade catalog
Topics: locks and keys -- catalogs, Division 08, hardware, door hardware
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Stanley Electric Tools
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95 p. ; ill. ; 19 cm. ; trade catalog
Topics: power tools -- catalogs, Division 41, machining equipment, cutting equipment, process tools
Building Technology Heritage Library
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23 p., illus., 22 x 29 cm, trade catalog
Topics: fireplaces, Division 10, specialties, masonry fireplaces, interior decoration
Building Technology Heritage Library
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96 p., illus., 28 cm, trade catalog
Topics: Plumbing, Division 22, plumbing fixtures, bathrooms, residential plumbing fixtures, building...
Building Technology Heritage Library
by W.F. Whitney Company
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64 p. ; ill. ; 32 cm. ; trade catalog
Topics: furniture -- catalogs, Division 12, Division 08, couches and loveseats, upholstered seating,...
Building Technology Heritage Library
by United States Gypsum Co.
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31 p. : ill. ; 28 cm. trade catalog
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Topics: tile, Division 04, gypsum unit masonry, pyrobar gypsum tile
Building Technology Heritage Library
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506 p. ; ill. ; 28 cm. ; trade catalog
Topics: hospitality furniture -- catalogs, Division 08, Division 10, Division 12, Division 22, Division 23,...
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[57] : ill. ; 29 cm. trade catalog
Topics: ventilation, Division 23, HVAC, fans (equipment)
Trade catalog, Text, Illus, Photographs, CCA ID:92-B2623, 1914, 389 p, 30 cm
Topics: Division 04, Masonry, Brick, Terra Cotta, Division 05, Metals, Metals, Metal Fabrication,...
288 p. : ill. ; 26 cm., trade catalog
Topics: bar equipment, Division 11, backbar, recreational equipment, pool tables, Division 12, hospitality...
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Allen Manufacturing Company
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15 p., illus, 28 cm, trade catalog, Catalog No. 3
Topics: heating stoves, Division 10, specialties, stoves
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Colonial Manufacturing Co.
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76 p., ill, 22 cm, trade catalog
Topics: furniture, Division 12, residential furniture
Building Technology Heritage Library
by American Brass Company
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1 v. (looseleaf) : 19 cm., trade catalog
Topics: brass, Division 05, copper, bronze, nickel silver
Building Technology Heritage Library
by General Electric Company
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307 p. : ill. ; 27 cm., trade catalog
Topics: lighting, Division 26, street lighting, roadway lighting
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Sears, Roebuck & Co.
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60 p., illus., 28 cm, trade catalog
Topics: stoves, Division 11, equipment, residential kitchen appliances, ranges, Division 10, heating stoves
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Janney, Semple, Hill & Co.
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290 p. ; ill. ; 26 cm. ; trade catalog
Topics: stoves -- catalogs, furnaces -- catalogs, Division 10, Division 22, Division 23, heating stoves,...
58 p., ill., 31 cm, trade catalog
Topics: stoves -- catalogs, Division 11, kitchens, residential kitchen appliances, ranges, Division 10,...
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Hollow Building Tile Association
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110 p., ill, 28 cm, trade catalog
Topics: clay tile masonry, Division 04, masonry, terra cotta tile, fireproofing, hollow tile, structural...
170 p. ; ill. ; 19 cm. ; trade catalog
Topics: structural steel -- catalogs, Division 05, structural steel members, steel shapes, beam and column...
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Harris Bros. Co.
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102 p, B& W illus and photos
Topics: house plans, prefabricated houses, domestic architecture, designs and plans, prefab, kit houses
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Morgan Wightman Building Materials
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182 p. ; ill. ; 28 cm. ; trade catalog
Topics: millwork (woodwork) -- catalogs, doors -- catalogs, Division 06, Division 08, wood posts and...
64 p. : ill. ; 23 cm. trade catalog
Topics: concrete, Division 03, cement, calcium chloride
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Starke-Seybold Limited, Montreal
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p. [1]-152, 201-281, 301-389, 401-462, [i]-xii, plates : ill. (some col.), samples (some mounted) ; 32 cm.; trade catalog
Topics: hardware, tools, blacksmithing, tinning, gardening and farm supplies, fencing, furnishings, auto...
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Eagle Foundary Co.,
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[31] plates, illus., 28 cm, trade catalog
Topics: Residential kitchen appliances, Division 11, Heating stoves, Division 10
35 p. : ill. ; 28 cm. Domestic catalogue No. 1400. trade catalog
Topics: ventilation, Division 23, HVAC, fans (equipment), ceiling fans
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Benjamin Electrical Mfg Co. of Canada, Limited
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Catalog C25, CCA ID:93-B1080, 196 p., 1926
Topics: Division 26, wiring devices, switches, sockets, lighting
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Sikes Company
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70 p. ; ill. ; 31 cm. ; trade catalog
Topics: furniture -- catalogs, office furniture -- catalogs, Division 12, office furniture, chairs, office...
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Janney, Semple, Hill & Co.
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357 p. ; ill. ; 27 cm. ; trade catalog
Topics: electrical equipment -- catalogs, lighting -- catalogs, appliances -- catalogs, Division 10,...
557 p. : ill. ; 28 cm., trade catalog
Topics: laboratory equipment, Division 12, laboratory casework
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Black & Decker Manufacturing Co.
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19 p., ill., 28 cm, trade catalog
Topics: power tools -- catalogs, construction tools
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Excelsior Stove & Manuf. Co.
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40 p., illus., 28 cm, trade catalog, Catalogue No. 49
Topics: Residential kitchen appliances, Division 11, Heating stoves, Division 10, Division 23, Furnaces
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Northern Electric Company
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Trade catalog, Text, Illus, Photographs, CCA ID CORM10;ID:91-B2036, ca. 1953, 218 p, 29 cm
Topics: Division 26, Electrical, Lighting, Interior Lighting, Exterior Lighting
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Shoppell, R. W. (Robert W.)
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xviii, 336 p. : ill., plans ; 37 cm. trade catalogs.
Topic: house plans -- catalogs, domestic architecture, interior decoration, furniture,
Building Technology Heritage Library
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Trade catalog, Text, Illus, Photographs, CCA CORM10(ID:85-B11659),1926, 579 p, 30 cm
Topics: Division 22, Plumbing, Plumbing Fixtures, Residential Plumbing Fixtures, Commerical Plumbing...
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Superior Fireplace Co.
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7 p. ; ill. ; 28 cm. ; trade catalog
Topics: fireplaces -- catalogs, Division 04, Division 10, fireplaces, masonry fireplaces, fireplace...
Building Technology Heritage Library
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80 p., illus., 28 cm, trade catalog
Topics: Building materials - millwork, lumber, windows, doors, roofing, storm windows
Building Technology Heritage Library
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[8], 320 p. : ill. ; 24 cm., trade catalog
Topics: artists' materials, drafting instruments, paints
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Perfection Stove Company
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23 p., illus., 28 cm, trade catalog
Topics: heating stoves, Division 10, specialties, stoves
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Perfection Stove Company
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[14] p., ill, 15 x 17 cm, trade catalog
Topics: stoves, ranges, Division 10, residential kitchen appliances
Building Technology Heritage Library
by Chicago, Ill. : Chicago Apparatus Co., c1931.
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521 p. : ill. ; 28 cm.; trade catalog
Topics: Scientific instruments, supplies for the physics laboratory, Division 11 - Educational and...